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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature needs rightsizing too

Republican legislators insist they are making the right moves to “rightsize” state government, which includes shrinking the state budget. If they mean what they say, the Legislature, itself, should be on the rightsizing menu too.    Mississippi has one of the larger legislatures in the United States, especially for our small population. We have 122 representatives and 52 senators for ...

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Analysis: Someone might want a trial in Epps bribery case

None of the people accused of bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps have gone to trial. Yet. But Dr. Carl Reddix might be ready to risk it. In the motion to throw out the case that Reddix’s lawyer filed last week, there was a hint of what Reddix might tell jurors: That he was running an honest company. That ...

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Many students to receive less financial aid

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Legislature, having to slash budgets to deal with sluggish revenue collections, has cut the amount of financial aid about 3,400 students will receive for the upcoming academic year. Late in the just-completed 2017 legislative session, language was placed in the student financial aid funding bill to prohibit students from being awarded more ...

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State finally has good month of collections

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal State revenue collections, which have been sluggish for more than a year, spiked in March even as the Legislature was ending the 2017 session by making major budget cuts because of those ongoing revenue woes. Collections for the month of March were $52.4 million or 12.5 percent above the official estimate, according to information ...

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Hood believes his office will be funded

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday he is “confident” the Legislature would pass budgets to fund his office and the state’s transportation system before the new fiscal year begins July 1. The 2017 session of the Mississippi Legislature ended last week without budget bills to fund Hood’s office, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Internet sales tax

Editor, It is with increasing frequency that I have been reading editorials and letters to the editor arguing that Mississippi, and the other 49 states should require all companies to collect sales tax on internet sales. As the owner of a Mississippi-based company which sells specialty products globally over the web, we believe that readers should hear the other side ...

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Mississippi gets $13M in grants to fix roads damaged in 2016

Mississippi will get $13 million in federal money to repair roads damaged by storms and flooding in 2016. Members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation announced the grants Wednesday. The Federal Highway Administration will give $7.9 million to the Mississippi Department of Transportation to repair roads, embankments, bridges and drainage structures in 21 counties damaged by March 2016 storms. A second $5.1 ...

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State finally has good month of collections

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal State revenue collections, which have been sluggish for more than a year, spiked in March even as the Legislature was ending the 2017 session by making major budget cuts because of those ongoing revenue woes. Collections for the month of March were $52.4 million or 12.5 percent above the official estimate, according to information ...

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Mississippi LGBT religious objections law argued on appeal

A lesbian couple from Mississippi traveled to Texas and spent their second wedding anniversary watching arguments in a court case that they believe could affect whether they face officially sanctioned discrimination in their home state. Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear said she and her wife, Susan Mangum, were married in California in 2015, a few weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex ...

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